"Every word is essential. . .With a writer as meticulous as this one, what seems to be accidental is part of the plan. . ."—American Book Review
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From the Book:
Reverse well, a hole in the ground
that seeps rather than contains.
Spell of pain that permeates
the heaviest clay. For caution,
surround it with crime tape.
We know how well that holds;
nothing draws us in like yellow.
So—why not savor the drain,
the “S” sound of sinking waste.
Imagine a sunset, lavender and red
as battered morals, the underworld
eager to drink.
- Joint winner of the The Four Way Books Award Series in Poetry, selected by Heather McHugh
SARAH GORHAM is a poet and publisher who currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky; wh she is the founder of Sarabande Books (in 1994), and also the wife of poet Jeffrey Skinner. she won the Carolyn Kizer Award from Poetry Northwest in 1990; grants and fellowships from The Kentucky State Arts Council, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Delaware State Arts Council, The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony; in 1983 she received the Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Poetry Society of America.